Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security
November 9, 2004
USCIS ANNOUNCES BACKLOG ELIMINATION UPDATE
Progress Continues Towards Six-month Cycle Time
Washington, DC – By completing more than 600,000 more cases
than were received in the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2004, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced
today that the backlog has declined for the processing of immigration benefits such as work authorization, permanent residency,
and naturalization. In the update issued to Congress, USCIS reported the backlog, which had reached a high of 3.8 million
cases in January 2004, had been reduced to 3.2 million cases as of June 30, 2004.
"Each day, USCIS is getting closer to the ending our backlog
of pending applications," said USCIS Director Eduardo Aguirre. "Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work
and dedication of our 15,000 employees. I’m confident that the
momentum we’re building now will carry us to our goal of completely eliminating the backlog
and maintaining a six-month or less cycle time by the end of 2006."
The report credits much of the backlog elimination progress to productivity
increases and process refinements. The USCIS process refinements include automating manual processes and clarifying requirements
for when additional evidence might be needed in order to complete processing of a benefit application.
The report also previews expected progress in the fourth quarter,
noting that in July USCIS distinguished those cases in the backlog as cases where a benefit would be immediately available
upon approval of the application or petition. This will take pending Petitions for Immigration Relative (I-130) out of the backlog since, except for petitions filed for
an immediate relative, such as a child, spouse or parent of a U.S. citizen, it can be many years
after the initial filing of the Form I-130, before an immigrant visa actually becomes available to the
person benefiting from the petition.
The report also noted a reduction in cycle times for a number
of services and benefits. For example, the cycle time for the Replacement of a Green Card (Form
I-90) is 6.3 months, as of August 2004. At the beginning of the fiscal year, the cycle time for
this same service was 12.7 months. Most of the improvement can be attributed to use of updated technology to conduct automated
database searches rather than on time-intensive manual searches.
- USCIS -
On March 1, 2003, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services became one of three legacy INS components to join
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. USCIS is charged with fundamentally transforming and improving the delivery of immigration
and citizenship services, while enhancing our nation's security.
Class Action Suit Over Green Card DelaysA federal judge has granted class action suit status, nationwide, to a lawsuit against immigration officials
for stalling green card applications. This means that if your application has been delayed, you may be able to join the lawsuit.
EOIR Notifies Aliens Eligible for Full Asylum BenefitsBased on Coercive Population Control Policies
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
today announced that it has sent notices to aliens in the United States who had been previously granted conditional asylum
based on persecution related to coercive population control (CPC). The notice informs them that they are now fully eligible
for all asylum benefits. Spouses and children under 18 years old who are listed on the alien's application for asylum (Form
I-589) are also eligible for all asylum benefits. These persons had been granted asylum conditionally prior to December 17,
1999, and their background security checks have been updated and cleared.
Asylum is granted to such individuals on a conditional basis by Immigration
Judges and by the Board of Immigration Appeals in EOIR, or by Asylum Officers in the Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS), because the law specifically limits to 1,000 per fiscal year the number of applicants who can receive asylum on grounds
related to CPC. Because the number of individuals eligible for asylum based on CPC annually has been greater than 1,000, these
individuals remain in conditional grant status until one of the 1,000 final approval authorization numbers, issued annually
by INS, becomes available.
Each fiscal year, EOIR and INS chronologically arrange all conditional asylum
grants by the date of the conditional grants (not by the date of recommended approval) and then convert no more than
1,000 to full asylum grants and notify the grantees. The INS updates required security checks for those aliens near the top
of the waiting list to establish their continuing eligibility for asylum. The INS has now issued final approval authorization
numbers for individuals conditionally granted asylum prior to December 17, 1999, whose security checks have been updated and
Any person who was granted conditional asylum on or before December 17,
1999, by an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals,
but who has not received a notice regarding final asylum approval, may check on the status of his or her asylum grant by sending
a letter with a copy of the order granting conditional asylum to the appropriate address specified below within 45 days of
April 2, 2002. The person's full name, alien number, and current address must be included in the letter.
In cases where a conditional asylum grant was issued by an Immigration
Judge, the mailing address is:
The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge
Attn: Mark Pasierb
Leesburg Pike, Suite 2500
Falls Church, VA 22041 Phone: 703-305-1247
In cases where a conditional grant was issued by the Board of Immigration
Appeals, the mailing address is:
Board of Immigration Appeals
The Clerk's Office
Post Office Box
5201 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1300
Falls Church, Virginia 22041 Phone: 703-605-1007
Any person who was granted conditional asylum on or before December 17,
1999, by an INS Asylum Officer, but
who has not received a notice regarding final asylum approval, may check on the status of his or her asylum grant by sending
a letter with a copy of the order granting conditional asylum to the INS Asylum Office that has jurisdiction
over his or her residence within 45 days of April 2, 2002. The person's full name, alien number, and current address
must be included in the letter.
The U.S. government requires all aliens (Green Card and Visa holders)
to report address changes to the USCIS within 10 days. The form to use is the AR-11 or you may just write it and mail it to
the nearest USCIS office. Failure to do so may jeopardize future applications for benefits. However, if you have a pending
application while you are moving, you must send a separate notice of change of address to the USCIS office where tou filed
your pending application. You may call this number to obtain the form 1-800-870-3676 or you may call us at (904) 541-1008
to obtain one.
D'apres la loi sur l'immigration americaine, il est requis a tout etranger
present aux Etats-Unis de notifier le service d'immigration de tout changement d'adresse dans les dix jours qui suivent leur
demenagement ou preferablement aussitot qu'il sache sa prochaine adresse. Le formulaire a remplir est le AR-11 qui doit etre
expedie au bureau d'immigration le plus proche ou a l'adresse sur le formulaire. Ayez soin d'en garder une copie pour vos
archives personnelles et vous assurer que le courrier a ete delivre a l'immigration par un recu du service postal. Faute par
l'interesse de se courber pourrait rendre difficile toute application subsequente pour un benefice d'immigration. A noter
meme les permanents residents doivent se courber a cette regle. Au cas ou votre application est a l'etude, vous devez notifier
le service d'immigration au bureau ou vous aviez soumis votre application. Vous pouvez solliciter un formulaire en telephonant
le 1-800-870-3676, ou en nous telephonant au (904) 541-1008.
Dapre lwa aAmeriken, toute moun etranje ki prezan o zetazini dwe rapote adres
yo bay biro imigrasyon nan yon dele de di jou apre ke yo chanje kay. Menm si se yon moun ki gen rezidans. Yon etranje ki pa
respekte lwa sa-a, ka jwenn pwoblem le li vi'n aplike pou yon lot bagay nan imigrasyon. Ou ka jwen form AR-11 si ou rele nimero
sa-a 1-800-870-3676, ou rele nou nan (904) 541-1008.
LOST GREEN CARD/ SI OU PEDI KAT REZIDAN OU:
What to do If your Green Card is lost, stolen, destroyed, or it just expired,
you need to apply for a new one immediately. You may request a new Green Card vy filling out the form I-90.
IF YOUR GREEN CARD DOES NOT HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE:
Since 1986, I.R.C.A. (Immigration reform and control Act) was enacted on November
6, 1986 and make all green card expirable after 10 years. If your green card doesn't have an expiration date in fron of it,
you must apply to obtain a new one. Grenn cards are, by law, valid for no more than 10 years. All green card holders must
verify the validity of their green card or they may have problems with the office of Immigration and more importantly if you
travel abroad you may find that the airline may refused to take you to U.S. A financial penalty is possible for any airline
who carries a passenger with an expired visa or green card. Be carefull. you may call the National customer Service at
1-800-375-5253 or our office (904) 541-1008 for more details. If you are in Boston, you may call Frantz Ducheine at (508)
SI OU PEDI KAT REZIDANS OU, MANDE YON FORM I-90 POU APLIKE
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